Posted April 20, 2013

Byron Scott on firing from Cavaliers: ‘I don’t think I got a fair shake’

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Byron Scott led the Cavaliers to just a 64-166 record in three seasons before being fired on Thursday. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images)

Although he won just 64 games over his three seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers before being fired on Thursday, Byron Scott told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he believes he did not get a “fair shake.”

When Scott took the position before the 2010-11 season, most expected the coach to have LeBron James at his disposal.

But James made his infamous decision to sign with the Miami Heat six days after Scott joined the Cavs. That left Scott with a team devoid of talent and experience.

From The Plain-Dealer report:

When James left for Miami, Scott was left with a major rebuilding job that was expected to take three to five seasons, and he was assured he’d have the time to complete it.

But his tenure was marred by injuries to key players, including Anderson Varejao, who never played more than 31 games in any of Scott’s three seasons, and Kyrie Irving. Without Varejao as their anchor, the Cavs struggled defensively all season and were last in the league as far as opponent field-goal percentage, a key factor is Scott’s dismissal.

The Cavs posted 19, 21 and 24 wins in Scott’s three seasons, giving him a three-year record of 64-166 — two fewer wins than James’ Heat posted this season alone.


16 comments
Brat
Brat

Being an avid sports fan of Cleveland, I too have suffered through the years  .... BUT ..... a real fan hangs in there in bad times and good. Look how the LeBron era had so-called fans fawning all over him. When he left, their fake support left with him. That is not a fan. That is fake fan.

 

Byron Scott should have been allowed to continue. Mr. Scott demanded total effort on the court. He did not coddle Kyrie or anyone else. Unlike Coach Brown, LeBron ran the team all through his stay here.  Coach Scott  sat players down when needed due to lack of effort. He was the boss and had the players followed his rules and direction, the win/loss record would have been much better.

 

But heyyy .... I love my teams. I will love them in good times and bad. And when the time comes we win a championship, I can truly celebrate as a true LOYAL fan. 

opaque
opaque

Just for the record, it's a bit inaccurate to state that most expected the Cavs to retain LeBron James going forward as of the summer of 2010 as, while the Knicks were generally considered a more likely destination than the Bulls or Heat, it was more along the lines of 60-40 that he would indeed be moving on.  Many got naively caught up in the whole sentiment surrounding the Cavs being his hometown team while NBA insiders and those close to him personally were well aware that, while genuinely torn, he had been leaning toward exiting through free agency for a couple of years.

JimMultari
JimMultari

He had 3 top 5 picks on his team all drafted in the last 2 seasons. He may not believe he had a fair shake but team defense was in the toilet all three seasons, he coached the longest losing streak in NBA history another 22 game losing streak. Blew 4 20 point leads this season and one of those in the 4th quarter to indiana being outscored 35-10 and another blown 25 point lead over the heat. Regardless of what he claims is a fair shake, he did not motivate his players and yes i understand these guys are professionals but the lack of improvement with Kyrie, Tristan, and Dion when all were healthy is disheartening. All that being said i dont think a change of coach will matter. Unless they can lasso an all star during free agency or fall backwards into the #1 pick again, it isnt going to matter. 

LeeNeal
LeeNeal

now we know why LeBron left

BobLippert
BobLippert

Poor baby, please pay the race card--ha

Ron M
Ron M

Its not a fair shake when your players quit on you, No coach can have their player quit on them. Talent had nothing to do with losing 16 out of the last 18. I was at one of the games that they tanked, it was pathetic.

RuthaMutha
RuthaMutha

Cleveland is just a loser town.Coaches never get a fair shake any where in Ohio

LeeNeal
LeeNeal

 @opaque

 take a flying leap off of Terminal Tower.  How's that for articulation and skillful use of CAPS? Buttwipe

opaque
opaque

 @LeeNeal

 I hope for your sake this rather lame post was meant to be facetious as James' exit had absolutely nothing to do with Byron Scott one way or the other.

JohnSampogna
JohnSampogna

It's PLAY the race card, you ignorant, racist puke.

RipsNordic
RipsNordic

 @RuthaMutha I'm from Ohio and I could not agree more with that statement. Cleveland IS a loser town and will never be relevant in any sport. I see that first hand everyday.

LeeNeal
LeeNeal

 @opaque

 you have the right to hope.  the cav's front office is a joke.

opaque
opaque

 @RipsNordic  @RuthaMutha

You two would know something about being LOSERS, that's obvious. So, they'll never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever be even relevant in any sport ever because YOU say so?  In perpetuity?  lol  Both of you are gigantic morons who've accomplished nothing here besides thoruoghly embarrassing yourselves, but thanks for playing.  Now, get lost!

LeeNeal
LeeNeal

 @opaque

 You don't know a damn thing about my inadequacies, Butt Wipe.  Hopefully my punctuation and capitalization usage meets with your condescending approval,  not that I give a rat's rear what you think, Bozo.

opaque
opaque

 @LeeNeal  @opaque

Never said the Cavs front office isn't largely a joke, didn't realize THAT was the point you were inadequately trying to make.  Also never said anything about hoping for Cavs success, not particularly a fan of theirs.  What can I say, if you were even remotely articulate and not too lazy to type more than a handful of words then you'd be able to express yourself more clearly. A passing familiarity with the concept of capital letters wouldn't hurt either.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

 @opaque  @RipsNordic  @RuthaMutha no.... just no.... I lived in Cleveland for 25 years... those people DESERVE their sports record

 

hopefully they dont see a championship in a major sport for another 60+ years